Deborah Gray, Patient Expert

Deborah Gray wrote about depression as a Patient Expert for HealthCentral. She lived with undiagnosed clinical depression, both major episodes and dysthymia, from childhood through young adulthood. She was finally diagnosed at age 27, and since that time, her depression has been successfully managed with medication and psychotherapy.

5 Reasons to Fire Your Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are essential partners in our quest for recovery from depression. I consider a good psychiatrist the most important component in recovery. Fortunately, there are many good, committed psychiatrists out there. Is yours one of them? Or do ...
Deborah Gray

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD

For some people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, medication treatment is enough. Either their ADHD is mild, they have their own coping mechanisms, or having ADHD has not left any emotional scars (or any combination of the three). Howeve...
Deborah Gray

Depression Related Insomnia and What to Do About It

For reasons we don’t fully understand, sleep disturbances are a hallmark of clinical depression. Many depression sufferers find their hours spent in bed lengthening and have trouble getting out of bed, but for others, it’s impossible to get anything ...
Deborah Gray

Depression Medication Assistance for the Uninsured

If you’re having trouble making ends meet financially, chances are good that you have considered going without your antidepressant medication, especially if it is costly. Since rent/mortgage, food and utilities have to be paid, everything else become...
Deborah Gray

Overcoming Medication Reluctance

My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder last summer. His kindergarten teacher, who was wonderful, urged us to have him officially diagnosed so that the school would be obligated to accommodate him in first grade and beyond. ...
Deborah Gray

Five Myths About Antidepressants

We have an uncomfortable relationship with any medication that alters our brain chemistry. Not only are we wary of anything that alters this chemistry (even if it’s out of whack) because we see our brain as the center of our personhood, but we also s...
Deborah Gray

Ways to Keep Your Depression Treatment Affordable

It’s ironic. When you’ve lost your job or are struggling financially, as many people are these days, you need depression treatment more than ever. But depression treatment isn’t cheap, even if you have insurance. If you’re worrying about how to pay t...
Deborah Gray

Five Ways to Keep a Child with ADHD Organized and On Track

For me, parenting a child with ADHD is two parts love and one part frustration. I find myself saying, “But how could you forget to do that?” almost as many times as I say, “I love you, honey.” We know from experience that simply telling an ADHD child ...
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When Should You Fire Your Therapist?

The therapeutic process can be enormously helpful to someone with depression, but its success is largely dependent on a positive relationship with the therapist. If you are not happy with the progress you’re making, or uncomfortable with your therapi...
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